As Brussels Airport has reopened to travellers now that non-essential journeys are allowed again, Brussels Airlines reported full planes after the first day that flights could resume.
Brussels Airlines had 22 flights on 15 June, and everything went according to plan, according to the company’s CEO. “Tourist destinations such as Malaga and Rome are booming. Business trips to Vienna and Budapest are also doing well,” he said.
According to bookings, people are not afraid to fly again, and Brussels Airport expects over a million passengers over the summer, which is only 20% of the number of passengers in the same period last year.
The return to 100% will not happen before 2021 or 2022, or even later, according to the airport, but more North African and intercontinental destinations will be served soon.
For the time being, however, we will help you in figuring out where you can travel to as of 16 June.
Today we recap the latest figures, explain why the League for Human Rights is pointing its finger at the Belgian police, and report on a comic book hero taking on racial segregation.
With so much information, and so little time to catch up before it potentially changes again, here are some of the top stories from around the country to get you up to speed.
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On Monday – the first day that flights resumed – one person was not allowed in Brussels Airport Zaventem, as the extra security check determined that the person showed symptoms of the coronavirus.
The person was not allowed to enter the airport building as the thermal cameras determined that their body temperature was higher than 38 degrees, and a medical check confirmed that they showed symptoms of the coronavirus. Read More.
From 15 June Belgium officially reopened its borders to non-essential travel within Europe, but this new freedom is not as simple as it sounds.
Newly updated travel advice for numerous European countries aims to inform Belgians on the destinations that were reopening their borders to all travel. As it stands, several countries within Europe are imposing travel restrictions delayed timeframes, or simply not opening their border as of yet.
Quite simply, it is far from guaranteed you can go where you want to.
55 additional people have tested positive for the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in Belgium in the last 24 hours, according to figures by the Federal Public Health Service on Tuesday.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in Belgium, since the beginning of the pandemic, to 60,155. The total reflects all people in Belgium who have been infected, and includes confirmed active cases as well as patients who have since recovered, or died from the consequences of the virus.
22 of the newly-infected people live in Flanders, 19 live in Wallonia, and 14 live in Brussels. Read more.